More Thoughts On Catalyst Labs

I went to the Catalyst Labs extra sessions on Wednesday and saw the following speakers:

  • Dave Ferguson – Lead Pastor and Spiritual Entrepreneur with Community Christian Church and the NewThing Network of Chicago, IL
  • Perry Noble – Senior Pastor of NewSpring Church in Anderson, SC (and my leader/primary vision-caster!)
  • Reggie McNealMissional Leadership Specialist for Leadership Network of Dallas, TX
  • Mark Batterson – Lead Pastor of National Community Church in Washington, DC

My Thoughts

Dave Ferguson

Dave talked about five key church planting lessons.  I would say these lessons fit for anything new that you might be starting. 

  • Vision – Got to have it.
  • Strategy – It should fit on a napkin.  SIMPLE = REPRODUCIBLE
  • Finance – Money always follows vision.
  • Innovation – Lead with a "Yes".  Ask "How" later.
  • Reproducing – Take risks on emerging leaders.

Perry Noble

Perry honed in on leadership – primarily directed toward THE leader

  • If we don't have vision for what we are doing, we are as useless as Zaxby's (regional fast food chicken restaurant) without chicken.
  • As leaders of churches, are you spending time in the Word and listening for what God wants you to do?
  • Are you taking risks?  Your church may be one step away from a breakthrough.  What is the risk?

Reggie McNeal

I had no clue who Reggie was, and frankly, I went to this session because the hall was too crowded to get anywhere else.  I am so glad I went to this session!

  • We are DESPERATE for GREAT leaders!
  • We need to be lifelong learners.  We also need to be lifelong UNlearners. (awesome!)
  • I beg you to be a great leader.

Mark Batterson

Pumped to see Mark.  We traded e-mails way back when I was struggling with the decision to seek a publisher vs. self-publish I Was Broke. Now I'm Not.  His advice was so helpful at the time.

  • Talked about his latest project, Wild Goose Chase. (My review of that book is HERE.)
  • 97% of books sell less than 5,000 copies.  (Wow.  I Was Broke. Now I'm Not. is headed into the 3% category.  Yet another humbling reminder that this whole thing is way bigger than me!)
  • Sometimes my lack of encouragement is astounding – to me!
  • Attendance was so low that I used to close my eyes during worship because it was too depressing to open them.

Had a great time at the Catalyst Labs.  Highly recommend them.

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